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H. Grevel & Co.)—Speaking of the question of books and music, is self-apparent—that it is also for
personal beauty, " there must be two factors to form one inside the fold of art, the name betrays. The
a sound judgment," says Professor Anderson in his peculiarly decorative character of the design renders
admirable preface, "the innate sense of beauty of it a model of a lady's non-armorial ex libris, a species
i —.^ comparatively rare. Although several modern

%v l$Wvb\ —^e^^^l armorial plates proclaim by the " lozenge" arrange-

rs Ik^lHi; v/v^^^^^^^^^Sj C\ fl merit of the arms the fact that they belong to the
**&yff—%| & t \i sex which has more rarely turned to book collect-

"^^V^A^^^^^^^^^/v/^^G^M^A ^S^xglllfr *n& even ^ tne'r owner's name does not reveal it,
^=^2&^&' fe^^b! \ «A« one ^oes not °ften find a " pictorial " one owned

« "T^^^^^^^^V^yi ^^^^^^ by a lady. Indeed, from times of respectable
\ /SpviS-l^^^ ' J^^^fj ancientry until quite lately, the hobby of book

collecting was almost entirely confined to men.
Mr. Sidney Heath's graceful designs are perhaps
rather too free from " bookish " allegory to please


line and surface, which perhaps all possess but in
very different degree, and a regulated comparative
study of the best examples in nature and art."
Professor Briincke certainly furnishes the essential
qualifications for a critic, so far as regards the
second factor, in this entirely excellent treatise,
which to any one, artist or amateur, technically in-
terested in the beauty of the human figure, has a
peculiar charm. It is rare to find exact science
set forth in a sympathetic manner, not only true and
unprejudiced, but with a sentient delight in the
subject discussed. Your specialist may feel the
beauty of his theme fully, but he often fails to
convey his appreciation of its ajsthetic quality to a
reader. Not that Dr. Briincke is one given to fine
writing or to sentiment—his language is frank and
his narrative terse and clear ; yet all the time you
feel it is the artist, not the mere anatomist, who is
speaking. The illustrations have a similar charm,
practical and illuminative as diagrams, they are
also graceful, as befits their subjects. Remem-
bering the dry-as-dust treatises on the one hand,
and the ultra-rhapsodical handbooks on the other,
it is with a very clear conscience we can recom-
mend this invaluable book to all who paint, or
would be critically well informed upon the work
of others; for to know and appreciate the beauty of
the figure should be the first effort of every artist,
whether a figure painter or a maker of ornaments.

Again we are enabled, by the courtesy of the
designers, to include some new book-plates, which the ultra-orthodox, but as charmingly wrought
even less than usual need any interpretation, labels which do not fall under any accepted classifi-
That Mr. R. Anning Bell's plate is for a lover of cation, they are a new departure.


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